Offshore helicopter reintroduction petition launched by Unite union

Offshore helicopter reintroduction petition launched by Unite union



A union petition calling on offshore operators not to reintroduce Super Puma 225 and L2 helicopters back into service has been launched.

It follows a UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) decision to lift the ban on the aircraft if operators met certain safety conditions.

They were grounded following a fatal crash off Norway in 2016.

Unite the union, regional officer, Tommy Campbell said: “Our members are telling us that they have no confidence in the safety of these airframes and neither do their families. Offshore workers deserve to return back home safe to loved ones from working in the North Sea.

Unite Back Home Safe 2017 petition calls for a vote of ‘no-confidence’ in Super Puma Chopper


The crash in April last year killed 13 people, including Iain Stewart from Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire.

The CAA criteria announced in July included:

  • Change in the design by removal of the components that were susceptible to premature deterioration
  • Earlier replacement of component
  • Design change to introduce an improved maintenance inspection method to detect any deterioration at an early stage
  • More frequent inspections
  • Reduction in the thresholds for rejecting components based upon early signs of any deterioration

The Super Puma 225 came down near the island of Turoey, near Bergen, while it was returning from an oil field.

A report in April into the crash said there was no explanation as to why a detection system did not spot signs of damage to the gearbox.

The rotors detached from the helicopter


Offshore Health & Safety is no accident support Unites Back Home Safe campaign 2017 and sign the petition and share with your friends and family raise helicopter safety with your MP or MSP  and get involved in the campaign.

if you are not already a member of Unite

Unite is the largest trade union for offshore workers in the North Sea UKCS

Have a voice, take action and make change happen.

Join the Unite, the offshore union today!





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